LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. — The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team won the Nike International Friendlies for the first time, beating Brazil 3-1 in the final game of the tournament in front of a capacity crowd at the Premier Sports Campus.
The U.S. went into the match knowing a victory would secure the championship. First half goals from Rubio Rubin, Tyler Turner and Wesley Wade sprung the U.S. into the lead, and they withstood severe pressure from Brazil in the second half to earn the victory.
Brazil finished the tournament in second place with four points, while France claimed third place with three points from three ties. Turkey came in fourth after winning last year’s tournament.
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report
Date: Dec. 4, 2011
Competition: 2011 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
USA 3 0 _ 3
BRA 1 0 _ 1
USA – Rubio Rubin (Shaquell Moore), 2nd minute
BRA – Matheus, 16th
USA – Tyler Turner, 31st
USA - Wesley Wade (Junior Flores), 43rd
USA: 1-Paul Christensen; 4-Shaquell Moore, 2-Conor Donovan, 6-Tyler Turner, 3- John Requejo Jr.; 7-Rubio Rubin, 5-Guy Kabala (14-Steven Echevarria, 65), 20-Christopher Lema , 10-Junior Flores (19-Danya Kafai, 78); 13-Corey Baird (16-Kevin Polit 90+1), 9-Wesley Wade (11-DeAndre Robinson, 65)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Angel Heredia, 12- Adonis Amaya, 15-Jorge Calix, 17-Dembakwi Yomba, 18-Evan Louro
Head coach: Wilmer Cabrera
BRA: 1-Guilherme; 2- Kaue (13-Derlan, 83), 3-Marcel, 4-Eriks (capt.), 6-Abner; 7-Walney (16-Linik, 46), 8-Ze Augusto, 5-Matheus Queiroz; 10-Gabriel (15-Gabriel Barbosa, 87), 11-Joanderson (14-Ian, 65), 9-Bruno (18-Renan Gorne, 83)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Fellipe, 14-Ian, 17-Kaique
Head coach: Emerson Rodriguez de Avila
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Junior Flores